Day 1067 Its Saturday 

Andrea was our model today. This is largish 18×24 largely painted alla prima which means first strike. I came prepared to draw and paint  in a smaller sketchbook a 10×18 Superaquabee. 

I liked the pose so much George Delaunay gave me a piece of 90# Bristol paper to start over on.  Thank goodness. 

It was like painting on a thinner piece of hot press paper. 

Al actually said it looked like a watercolor should. Be still my heart. 

This was after the second break. I only painted on this about an hour. It needs more work on the background or not. We shall see. 

The pencil sketch went much faster the second time around. 

Robert lent me his Winsor Newton series 7 brushes which were marvelous. Now on my I need list!!

I washed her with cad yellow and cad red mixed. Then I used mostly Quin magenta and inathrodone blue on her for the shadows. A bit of Quin coral for cheeks. Hair Quin sienna Quin burnt sienna and inathrodone blue. 

This was the smaller version I did in my  10×18 Superaquabee which loves watercolor. I never quite finished this one. 

George Delaunays exquisite pastel. LOVE the feet. He’s a very energetic sketcher. Stepping back and forth to and from the easel as he works. 

Drew Murphys large acrylic. He’s also energetic but in his use of brush sticks.  Always like his work. 

Al Beyer. A huge painting. Love the fabric drape. Always lovely paintings. 

Iliana’s lovely oil. Rather Gauginish I think.  

Tom Needham’s elegant watercolor done in washes. 

Fred still emulating Mondigliani!! 

Day 1066 Drawing cars

ah not what I should be doing but I kept getting stuck 

At long lights driving downtown yesterday. 

I had also  found my delicious 6B Caran dache lead pencil in my purse. 

And I couldn’t help myself. 

During rush hour cars are everywhere while u sit 

And sit and wait 

Better than being annoyed. 

And actually fun I like their 

Slightly wonky look. Then I just started filling up the page with sketches of cars at Earthfare. 

I actually sat in a parking lot today and drew a few more. 

Beware that 6B smears. A lot. If I get them painted I will set it with some fixative. Until then using Kleenex and napkins to keep them from smearing on each other. 

Margaret off to Als art reception shortly xoxoxo

Day 1065 Another day another commission 

This is Enterprise mill an old mill downtown that has been turned into wonderful apartments. A friend has one of them and wants her own painting of this one. 

So once again I was tracing. Good start. Easier than painting that darn whirlpool galaxy yesterday,  I thought!! Wrong. 

Almost immediately my pilot pen DRIPPED all over it. Tracing this took quite some time so I was not a happy camper yesterday so I threw in the towel and quit. 

About nine last nite I decided to do it OVER again.  I whipped that pen off carefully. It was not the first time it has dripped. 

Big splats on my Marias map. That time it waited til I was almost done. Ggrrrrrrr.   

Margaret off to get a haircut. Xoxoxo

Day 1064 Comissions 

A problem when you are suppose to paint the same thing twice. Eeekkk this is the second one. Thinking it could use a few more greys in the center!?  

This is the first one. I drew my friend Monica who giving her talk at the DuPont Planetarium at  Ruth Patrick Science Center, USC Aiken. She really does a terrific job. 

Kids come from all South Carolina to visit the Science Center and see the Planetarium. 

It took me a while just to figure out how to transfer this  identically to a piece of 300# lb watercolor. 

I traced the original. 

Transferred it with Saral. 

Traced over it with a pencil. 

Traced over it with my Lamy Safari. 

And the. I tried to remember how I painted it. The whirlpool vortex was not easy to ain’t the first time let alone another time. Eeekk.  

Finally it was time to splatter the night sky with white gouache stars. Be sure to use a stiff toothbrush.  I got a soft one first. Oops. Worked much better with a nice stiff toothbrush. 

Touched up the Whirlpool Vortex again. And calling it done. I hope! 

Painted with lamp black, burnt umber , Ultramarine Blue, alizarin, aureolin yellow, and some Joe’s turquoise. 

Margaret who has another commission to get done. Xoxoxox

Day 1063 The view from Raisin’s kitchen

The view from My friend Raisins kitchen of Bristol TN spread out below. A rather amazing view to stare at when you wash dishes at the kitchen sink. 

The big brick buildings are the local high school that looks more like a college campus than a high school. The open area is the football field I think is called the Castle has hand built rock walls and turrets like a Castle. Rather an amazing site to drive by. 

The mountain in the back ground is called Holsonback Mountain. Going to have to go back to see it in the fall. 

Off I go. Ttyl 

Margaret who needs to unpack xoxoxo 

Day 1062 No Place Like Home! 

But hanging out in Blowing Rock comes close. When home is deep into early too hot summer Blowing Rock is still deep in early spring. Half the trees still have not leafed out. Spring flowers still abound and you definitely will need a jacket and a scarf is a good idea too. 

This couple was out enjoying the lovely spring weather.  

Charles Reid watercolor palette. 

Ttyl Margaret who has THREE meetings today. Eeekkk xoxox

Day 1061 – Happy Fathers Day

To my youngest son Drew and Muhammad my nephew in law and Vince my nephew. All three of them would enjoy these political drawings if they slowed down long enough to look at them. Their kids keep them busy!  

Kamala Harris!  A go getter. 

Tom Cotton who was not a happy camper. 

And John McCain.  Hmm I think this one still needs something!! I forgot to finish him because he was not with the rest of them. Oops 

Off for some Fathers Day Fun. I hear we are going to the Dekalb Air Port to watch the planes and eat dinner. 

Margaret xoxoxox   

Day 1061 -how many more?! And a beach party!!

Still quite a few!!! 🤗We have no shortage of talking heads in this country. They offer great drawing practice. If you can pause your tv it even takes the pressure off of trying to draw them quickly. 

And all they do is talk. And talk and talk. 

And pass a lot of laws that half the country don’t like no matter which side you are on making the other half is unhappy! 

The Decatur Businesses Beach Party in downtown Decatur on the square. Ponce de Leon became a giant beach!!  Free beach buckets, beach balls and balloons oh and washable tattoos for all!! 

An amazing stilt walker. The kids had no idea how he could be that tall! Several people on top of each other was their best guess. 

And there he goes legging it down the block or should I say stilting down the block?!

And a rare shot of the old Decatur Courthouse with sun on its face. It usually sits in the shade. Bytw this is now an art gallery. 

Off to play with my grandkids. Hugs!! 

Day 1059 – How many did I draw?

12 I think. As my friend Ruth pointed out I probably spent at most five minutes drawing each person since they only spent ten minutes taking.  

I will say they took longer to color than five minutes. I spent the last two days coloring them in the evening. 

My friend Dee asked me why in a gen cent Target notebook. I didn’t want to look back in a sketchbook and see some if these faces. 

Bytw I did get out a sketchbook for the next time I get the urge to document this madness. 

And people love to look thru my sketchbooks.


This sketch of Susan is the worst one I think. She’s much more attractive than the drawing. Chalking it to I had to warm up! 

I do think they look better colored  which I find odd because I love ink sketches. 

Colored with my Prismacolor art sticks. Thick juicy color like their colored pencils but cover a lot of area quickly.  The scribbles are grease pencils. And or a 6B pencil. 

Off to Atlanta. Stand by for more. 

Margaret documenting this madness one hearing at a time. Xoxoxo